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10/10, 5:30 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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European stocks end higher on Brexit, trade optimism

Markets in Europe closed with gains on Thursday on hopes of progress in the Brexit talks, as well as trade optimism amid trade negotiations between the United States and China. United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar earlier issued a joint statement saying they see a "pathway to a possible Brexit deal" following today's meeting. Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump stated he will be holding talks with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He on Friday, thus denying earlier media reports that the Chinese delegation will leave Washington earlier than planned.

The FTSE 100 added 0.28%. The best performer was Antofagasta, which soared 4.47%.

The DAX was up 0.58%. Linde, whose shares rallied 3.01%, led the gains.

The CAC 40 jumped 1.27% with ArcelorMittal surging 6.20%.

The euro gained 0.33% against the dollar to go for 1.10064 at 5:32 pm CET and the pound surged 1.05% compared to the US currency to sell for 1.23340 at the same time.

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